Is Lauren Boebert pivoting?: Following her fundraising disadvantage — and her notorious removal from a certain touring musical — the Colorado Congressman is planning a shakeup, a new report says.
A New Lauren Boebert?
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) won the closest re-election race in the country in 2022, and now she’s facing an even tougher fight against Adam Frisch, the same Democratic opponent who almost beat her then. She’s mostly made news this year from her participation in intra-Republican fights, her instantly notorious ejection from a touring musical in Denver, and for getting heavily outraised in the most recent quarter by Frisch.
In fact, Frisch had raised $7.7 million as of the end of the third quarter, which is one of the largest hauls of any candidate in the country, while Boebert raised $2.4 million. Frisch, in both the previous cycle and this one, has made a pitch to voters that she’s seeking to avoid the drama regularly instigated by the Republican incumbent.
Now, Boebert is looking to pivot, per a new recent AP story. She even has begun apologizing for the “Beetlejuice” incident at campaign appearances.
“I owe each and every one of you here a deep, heartfelt apology,” Boebert told the crowd at a recent dinner. While she issued a statement of apology not long after the Beetlejuice affair. The Congresswoman’s style has not traditionally found space for apologies and contrition.
“When it comes to a personal night out, I hope that you accept my heartfelt apology,” Boebert said at another recent event. “Everything that I do, I want to show you honor because that’s what you deserve. And I’m so grateful for the mercy and grace that you have all shown me.”
“Most of us were like ‘holy cow,’” Beverly Cuyler, described as a long-time Boebert supporter, said in the AP story. “And one of the big reasons for that is a gap between how she presented herself as a Christian and what ended up happening.”
Boebert had subsequently announced that she was no longer dating the man from the “Beetlejuice” episode, who was later revealed as both a registered Democrat and the owner of a bar in Aspen that hosts drag-friendly events. It was also later reported that Boebert’s campaign had spent $317.48 at Hooch Craft Cocktail Bar, the same bar owned by the man from the theater. This was likely not any kind of crime or campaign finance violation, although it does leave Boebert open to further charges of hypocrisy, spending money at an establishment associated with liberal causes.
That’s not all. Boebert has reached out to media outlets that she previously dismissed as biased, and she has begun talking more about local issues, as opposed to national ones.
Boebert’s campaign manager, in the AP story, spoke of a “different approach.”
“Certainly when you had the closest congressional race in the entire country, you know, it’s a big deal,” Boebert’s campaign manager, Drew Sexton, told the AP. “There was a need to kind of beef up on staff after, you know, the last cycle and, you know, kind of wanted to have a different approach.”
Per a Daily Mail story this week, Boebert was seen cradling her baby grandchild after a recent event. The Congresswoman recently became a grandmother at age 36.
The only poll of the race so far showed Frisch slightly ahead of Boebert, although that poll was commissioned by the Democrat’s campaign. However, Boebert later sent out fundraising mailers, indicating that her campaign was in trouble.
“If we don’t turn things around quickly, we could lose this seat to the Democrats. I can’t believe I’m saying those words, but I need you to understand how dire this situation is. [Frisch’s] latest internal polls have him beating us by two points,” Boebert said in a mailer back in August the Aspen Daily News reported at the time. “If the Election were held today … Lauren would lose,” the mailer added.
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